Living intentionally means moving beyond habit in becoming more aware of what we bring into our homes and lives. Choosing products that are well-made of simple, wholesome ingredients is both beautiful and empowering. It’s declaring, “My health is important. My well-being is essential. This is the key to a life well-lived!” Reclaiming wellness by connecting with the healing power of nature allows you to make your life and the life of those around you inherently better. It’s responding to this invitation to include simple, every day practices that prioritizes your physical, mental and emotional health, and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Going back thousands of years to Biblical times, essential oils have been used by our ancestors for their natural healing properties as a way of living happy, healthy lives. There is something special about connecting with bygone human practice. Knowing that a mother would delve into her collection of oils for any number of ailments connects us with a lasting tradition more meaningful than the passing fads and treatments within our modern world. There is certainly much to be said about the incredible feats of modern medicine, but there are also times when simple and sustainable works too.
What are essential oils?
Rooted in nature and originating from tiny seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants, essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds. They have the powerful protective powers that are a part of the plant’s defence against predators and disease. This defence works the same in humans and connects us with the ecosystem that supports our health and well-being. These oils are made from sun and soil and rain and other non-toxin ingredients that cause them to grow in nature. They’re made from parts of plants – clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, rosemary flower, frankincense resin – that naturally occurs in the environment in which we were meant to flourish.
How to use them
These health-promoting botanicals can be inhaled aromatically, absorbed topically or ingested internally for the nourishment, protection and restoration of wellness. Essential oils are both promising and exciting in terms of the extent to which they allow you to care for the health of yourself and your family. Have you ever walked past a garden mid-summer to the smell of fresh herbs? Have you ever noticed the uplifting aroma that fills the room when slicing fresh citrus? Have you ever walked through the woods, breathing in the deep scent of pine? Have you ever dug out a hand-made blanket from the chest and breathed deep the rich smell of cedar? Then you have experienced essential oils!
There are limitless and simple ways to include oils into your life. Adding drops of lemon in your morning tea to invigorate the start of your day. Diffusing or topically applying lavender as part of a calming nighttime ritual. Infusing your favourite recipe with oregano or basil for a burst of flavour. Replacing chemical-filled cleaning products with simple ingredients and the power of purifying oil blends, like On Guard or Purify. Mixing up personal products, like anti-aging beauty salves and nourishing scrubs using frankincense or lavender. Really, the applications of oils are as numerous as the benefits to a healthy lifestyle.
Quality in the bottle
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what brand you bring into your home, but when it comes to oils making sure of purity is, well, essential. doTerra has perfectly melded modern advances and testing procedures to ensure the purity and efficacy of each essential oil. The testing protocol that ensures quality of doTerra oils ensures that each bottle is filled with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) goodness! Purity begins by ensuring that the plant the oil is derived from is grown in optimal soil, temperature and climate – just as nature intended.
Six every day oils and their simple uses
All Things Calming
Diffuse or apply topically to soothe emotions
Apply topically to sooth irritated skin and lips
Massage on back or bottom of feet and apply a drop to pillow at bedtime
Apply immediately to soothe minor skin irritations
Clean and Freshen
Add a drop to honey to soothe an irritated throat
Diffuse in a room to neutralize odours and elevate mood
Use to clean kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances
Take internally with water as an antioxidant and detoxifier
Cool and Invigorate
Use with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse
Inhale deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness
Add to water in a spray bottle and mist body when overheated
Apply to neck and forehead with Lavender to calm stress and tension
Grounding and Restoring
Perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils, Frankincense is highly versatile in uses and benefits
Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system
Promotes cellular health
Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks
First Aid for the Skin
Apply to skin as part of a daily cleansing program
Use with shampoo or conditioner for healthy scalp and hair
Apply to feet and toenails after showering, swimming, or working out
Dilute and gargle morning and night as a protective mouth rinse
Take several drops in an empty veggie cap or diffuse in a room for added immune support
Dilute in spray bottle to clean doorknobs, telephones, and other community surfaces
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or mitigate disease.